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3 Interesting facts about late Prince Philip you probably didn’t know

On this article we have highlighted some interesting facts about the late Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip that you might have never known.

The Royal leader was born in Corfu, Greece, on June 10, 1921, to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg.

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His family was then exiled from the country when he was only an infant and ran to Great Britain.

Philip then abdicated his right to the Greek and Danish thrones and took his mother’s surname, Mountbatten on February, 28 1947.

Royal Navy service

After completion of his education in France and Germany, Prince Philip joined the British Royal Navy in 1939 at the age of 17 and bagged first naval appointment at the age of 18.

He retired from the navy in July 1951.

Late Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II distant cousins.

The two royals announced their engagement in 1947 and four months later got married in Westminster Abbey.

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II are third cousins. The two are directly related to Queen victoria.

Philip is related to Queen Victoria via his mother’s side and Elizabeth is related to Queen Victoria via her father’s side.

Qualified pilot

The late Duke is a qualified pilot who has mastered to fly all types of aircrafts.

He was also the first member of the royal family to fly out of Buckingham Palace Garden in a helicopter.

Published author

Prince Philip was a published writer on environmental, technological, equestrian and animal subjects.

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The Duke’s books include; Selected Speeches 1948 – 1955 (1967), Birds from Britannia (1962), Down to Earth (1988) which was translated into Japanese, Survival or Extinction: A Christian Attitude to the Environment (1989).

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